Saturday, June 16, 2007

STLHE 2007 - Conference Day Two - Knowleges Exchange in the SCoPE Online Community

This presentation was given by Elizabeth Wallace from Simon Fraser University, the home of SCoPE, the Simon Fraser Community of Practices in Education. For me this was the best presentation I attended so far in the conference - Elizabeth was enthusiastic and engaging, getting all of us involved in the discussion. She is an amazing facilitator.

her premise (which makes a lot of sense to me) is that there are a lot of knowledges, not one knowledge - think about knowledges in the plural - learners, faculty, everyone brings a knowledge to the table. This is a conceptual framework or paradigm shift (June's use).

Her blog at is a great place to start looking at knowledges:
  • Knowledges are pluralistic
  • Knowledges exchange is an alternative approach to the industrial age model of teaching and learning
  • The process of knowledges exchange is based on mutual respect
  • In an education system that embraces knowledges exchange, learners are evaluated on how efficiently they facilitate the exchange with others, not on personal achievement
Scope is a knowledge exchange.

This presentation made a lot of sense to me because it is really what I do - I exchange knowledge with peers. learners, and complete strangers - it is how I work and how I think...


Liz Wallace said...

Ian, thanks so much for these kind words. As you know, I've been thinking about this Knowledges Exchange concept for many years and have just started the blog about it so that I can share my ideas.

Your participation in the seminar was wonderful, particularly since you are an active SCoPE member. I have linked this MachIanations blog to mine, so let's start changing the world together!

Ian H. MacLeod said...

Thank you Liz for taking the lead on this - it just makes so much sense to me.

I'm also looking a lot these days at personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and I see the combination of PLEs and knowledges exchanges as the learning environment of the future (hopefully the very near future).

Thanks for the link to your blog - I will be reading it regularly...